Paris continued…

My journey through Paris Fashion Week continues…

A roundup review of any fashion week would not be complete without these two: Alexander McQueen and Chanel. Awe Inspiring. Insert giddy sound effect.

Alexander McQueen

Clearly, Sarah Burton was a big fan of Black Swan, as this collection seems to be heavily inspired by it – the themes are written all over it. In an almost entirely black and white color palette (with a little bit of grey), this collection oscillates between soft and innocent (organza! feathers! white!) and touch and harsh (leather,  lace up shoes, structured shoulders, grommets and zippers, black). It is literally the Snow Queen and Dark Queen come to life, walking down the runway, even existing together at times in one look- because isn’t there a little bit of both in all of us (as Natalie Portman’s character finds out)? In the gown on the top left below, Sarah has mixed a fluffy, raw edged off-white organza skirt with a corset made out of collaged sharp broken china (I wish I could see this up close and personal!).

Sarah’s use of texture and different materials within each garment without looking ostentatious and overdone is divinely impressive, it’s what sets this collection apart from the crowd. Equally impressive is her ability to channel Mr. McQueen and honor his established aesthetic while still forging her own identity within his brand after his death. She purposefully used “heritage silhouettes” and stuck to the heavily designed drama as an ode to the brand’s legacy, yet there is something so beautifully feminine about these pieces of art that make them all hers. You have to applaud the girl for being able to strike this balance appropriately, not easy. You go, Sarah. I love this fairy tale fantasy collection and I am so on Team McQueen for the choice of Princess Kate’s wedding dress.  

“Lee’s mind was so different to anyone else’s … I knew there was no way I could pretend to be him. But I’ve worked here for so long, there’s been a big part of me in those collections all along the way.” – Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen’s longtime right-hand woman, and now Creative Director of his brand post his death (via VogueUK.com)

and then there’s Chanel

Yep, sigh, Karl has done it again. I think what made me instantly love this collection so much is for the same reason that many girls my age (who like a little edge) loved it: I can relate to it, I get it, I want it. All of it. Karl had to have been inspired by The Sartorialist as all of these awesome looks are straight off of the street: a perfect blend of high and low, uptown and downtown, soft and structured. He has mixed hip styling (long uneven layers, skinny leggings, slouchy trousers, cape silhouettes, baggy leg warmers, beat up boots, undone hair) with luxe Chanel lady-like classics (tweed, bouclé and houndstooth, chain-strap structured purses, two piece suits). This is the (fog drenched, macabre forest fantasy themed) runway equivalent of the girl wearing Gap jeans and her favorite worn-to-death boots, carrying a Chanel Quilted handbag. Only Karl, who hangs out with Florence Welch and Blake Lively, could make Chanel this cool.

don’t worry, the lady-like will be back next season, it always is

au revoir Paris, til next time

 

PFW: Chanel!

The talk of the fashion town yesterday was Karl Lagerfeld’s showing of the Chanel Spring 2011 collection at Paris Fashion Week. It was apparently quite the show (as it always is). Karl sent 80 different models onto a circular runway in 85 different looks. They were accompanied by a symphony.

Karl’s collection was inspired by the 1961 french film Last Year at Marienbad (click here to see the trailer), an avant-garde film shot in black & white that has a surrealist dream-like feel. In the most pivotal scene in the movie, the 2 main characters (followed by the camera) rush out of a château and are faced with a tableau of figures arranged in a geometric garden. The people standing around the garden cast long shadows, while the trees in the garden do not.  Not coincidentally, Coco Chanel herself designed the costumes for the  lead female character in the movie.

Karl’s stage set for his show was a modern interpretation of this garden scene, which also paid homage to the 17th-century garden designer André Le Nôtre, who created the formal, clipped gardens at Versailles and the Tuileries in Paris. 

He sent down the runway a look for every type of girl (or just me, in a typical week) – the prep, the rock star, the princess, the goth, the exotic. All classed up in a very Chanel way, of course. Karl tied all his looks together with a narrow mostly black and white color palette that was sprinkled with spring-appropriate yellow, blue and pink pastels. His focus for his pieces was play with texture: he mixed sheer fabrics, feathers, fur, tweed. and ruching. Gorgeous.

Take me to dream-land Karl…

 …

 

bravo, Karl (as always)

“With the sheer exuberant abundance of this collection, Lagerfeld reminded us that no matter what her age, or whether her style is precise or a little more romantic, he knows just how to dress chic women everywhere.”- Jessica Kerwin Jenkins, Vogue.com

current obsessions: beauty

Come Fall, along with a wardrobe and accessory refresher, I also like to give my beauty routine a little reboot. Just a few new things to update my look and usher in the changing of the seasons. Here are the new Fall beauty items I have recently acquired and am currently obsessing over:

Two different shades of Fall’s hottest nail color:  Butter London’s All Hail McQueen & Chanel Particulière . Yes, I needed to own them both! One lighter and shimmery (McQueen), one slightly darker and richer (Pariculière)

a little bit more Chanel: Coco Mademoiselle (a recent gift from my fairy godmother)

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Denim - a pretty dark navy blue, part of Bobbi’s new Fall “Denim and Rose” collection

Last but not least, I have switched over from neon pink to Burgundy Berry lips:  Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense #46

Are you obsessing over any new beauty buys this season?

parlez vous gossip!

I have officially started my own personal countdown to the Season 4 premiere of Gossip Girl – 10 days people! 10 days until we get visual overload of fashion fashion fashion (and a healthy does of drama, of course!). If you haven’t heard, Gossip Girls’ first couple of episodes take place in Paris. So now we get Parisian Fashion.  I have loved seeing all of the photos taken from the set in Paris (and some later episodes in NY) that have popped up over the internet, and so I decided to share some here. Serena and Blair sure are some darn lucky gals- their wardrobes are incredible. Swoon . Check it all out below and try not to drool yourself! Oh and if you haven’t seen the extended trailer for the upcoming season premiering Monday, Sept 13, you  must check it out here.

Oh Mon Dieu!

 Blair in a Chanel outfit enjoying Ladurée macaroons  (p.s I love this vintage Blair throwback with the headband)

Sacre Blair!

 Blair enjoying all Paris has to offer a girl obsessed with fashion in a short Maxime Simoens purple dress

Gossip Girls taking to the Parisian streets in couture.

 Blair in adorable cherry printed Moschino, Serena in a chantilly lace Swarovski crystal cage dress by Georges Chakra Couture

  Blair in an Oscar de La Renta gown, Roger Vivier clutch, Harry Winston necklace and Christian Louboutin bow sandals (wow.)

 

 Serena in an Emilio Pucci gold blazer, Joie tank, Tibi blue capris, Brian Atwood studded heels

 Blair in brocade:  A Marc Jacobs top and Alica & Olivia skirt

   Serena in Suno wide-leg pants, and in a Jenny Packman crystal bedazzled floor-skimming dress

Blair in an Erdem top, I Heart Ronson skirt and Tiffany and Co key necklace (I happen to own and adore myself – it was featured here and here)

Blair in a Marc Jacobs fuschia dress

 

Blair having a Cinderella moment in an oh-so-Parisian Chic Bensoni polka dot dress

Serena in a Haute Hippie sequin jacket

Blair in a Theory chambray shirtdress, Miu Miu heels, Celine Boston bag and Derek Lam sunglasses

Blair in a leopard print Gucci dress

and last but certainly not least…

 Blair in Celine (look at that bag-  yep the exact one i lusted after here)

  viva le chuck!

 XOXO!

bonfire of the vanities

I love pretty things that sit on vanities. Having them to look at and enjoy makes my morning (or midday, or evening) ritual of getting ready all the more special.

Vintage-inspired perfume bottles, lotions and potions with lovely labels, vibrant colors of makeup to be put on with soft bristle brushes, and of course, Chanel.

what’s on your vanity?

j'adore vos chaussures…

My friend Sara informed me early yesterday afternoon that she would be showing up for our Tuesday night wine date in some very special new shoes. She couldn’t wait for me to see them and she couldn’t wait to debut them out on the town.

She showed up in Chanel.

Beautiful Chanel shoes. The classic kind you imagine Coco designed herself (no offense to you, Mr. Lagerfeld).

 Sara: “I just love Chanel!”

(and who doesn’t? She pretty much invented everything we love about fashion today, literally. )

Sara actually got her shoes for a steal at our favorite outlet-like boutique in SF, Jeremy’s.  And when you see these shoes for a third of their retail price, it is awfully hard to pass them up. Excellent purchase, my dear.

“I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.” – Coco Chanel

girl has got a point.

 

 so so pretty, aren’t they?

“It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure.” – CC 

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